So, you may have noticed that I have been away a while. My best friend and I have been away in a cottage in North Devon and very lovely it was too. And whilst I was away R also went off on his own and spent a few days in Berlin. Being the lovely husband he is, he couldn't walk past this display of Insel-Bucherei books in a Berlin bookshop without taking a photo for me and buying a few to bring home to titillate my love of patterned paper with. It's not the first time the wonderful covers of this innovative German publisher have featured on Front Free Endpaper. For those in the UK, these books are rather like grown-up Ladybird Books, board covers in patterned papers with paper labels on the spine and upper board, contents usually cultural and artistic. Just delicious!